A self-described American nationalist suspected of leaving a hoax explosive device in a car at a New York City mall is facing criminal charges after turning himself in to police, authorities have said.
Louis Shenker, 22, will be charged with placing a false bomb, criminal possession of stolen property and abandonment of a disabled animal in connection with the episode Monday at the Queens Place Mall in Elmhurst, said detective Denise Moroney, a police spokesperson.
The mall was evacuated around 7:30 a.m. Monday after a device that was made to look like an explosive was found in a black Tesla parked on a ramp in a parking garage. A dog a husky was also found in the vehicle, which had a Nevada license plate and had been reported stolen in that state.
Shenker surrendered to officers around 3 am Tuesday in Brooklyn. The Queens district attorneys office said that it was preparing paperwork on Shenkers charges and that he was expected to be arraigned later Tuesday.
Being led from a police station in handcuffs, Shenker claimed that the suspicious device was actually a rig to charge the Teslas dead battery. He mocked media coverage as fake news and derided reporters covering his arrest as “morons. It was a Tesla car being charged,” Shenker said. … It was literally a car being charged because the battery died. Shenker, who has described himself on social media as a patriot and a supporter of President Donald Trump, was previously arrested Dec. 30 on suspicion of torching a poster attached to a police barricade in Manhattan. He was arraigned Friday and released without bail.
A message seeking comment was left for Shenkers lawyer in that case.
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